National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 July 2020

Putting their lockdown experience to good use, members of Cumbria FYFC have been training for an epic bike ride in August to visit all 15 clubs in the Northern District of the Federation to raise money for two charities.

The cycle challenge, which will cover more than 130 miles, will start in Drigg on 29 August and finish the following day at Raughton Head YFC, the home club of Northern District Chairman Robbie Tuer, the instigator of the mission.

Robbie wanted to organise the fundraiser during his year in office to raise money for Carlisle & Eden Mind and West Cumbria Hospice at Home and so far donations have been made in excess of £600. Robbie also wants to increase awareness of mental health issues affecting rural young people.

“Covid-19 has had a huge impact on everyone’s everyday lives and people in rural communities and locations have been hit hardest of all. With exercise of any form proving to better people’s mental health, what better way to raise some money for two amazing charities than bike round the 15 clubs of Cumbria FYFC? I’m hoping for a good turnout and have only had positive support from the clubs I have spoken to,” said Robbie who has had a positive reaction so far from clubs. The County hope that the fundraiser will be an ideal way to slowly re-start YFC safely in the area before getting back to what Robbie describes as a ‘new’ normal. 

“Carlisle & Eden Mind and West Cumbria Hospice at Home have been working tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to provide the help and care that people require, and they are both making a wonderful difference to the Cumbrian Community,” added Robbie. 

With outdoor exercise being encouraged by the government it has allowed YFC members to train throughout the lockdown period and now restrictions have relaxed, plans for the event were able to be put in motion.

Northern District YFC President Richard Gardiner supported the initiative and explained the impact the pandemic was having on young people in rural communities.

“We have never before seen what we have in the past few months and young people have been more isolated than ever before. What is being organised is a great opportunity. Everyone struggles with the pressures of growing up from time to time and young people in rural areas have the added difficulties of accessing real social networks, education, transport and services. In some cases, these issues can lead to a feeling of rural isolation or social exclusion.”

If you would like to support the event, you can donate at their Virgin Money Giving page and follow the Facebook event page.  


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